June 1, 2015
Lucie Dupas – Entersolar
Lucie is one of the lead engineers at Entersolar, a commercial solar installer developing projects in the Northeast. She also heads up the Operations and Maintenance activities for EnterSolar. Prior to joining EnterSolar, Lucie started her career in solar working with Sollega, a solar racking company incubated in the NYC ACRE / NYU-Poly incubator, and she still has strong ties with clean energy startups in the city. Following Sollega, she worked at Bright Power as a Senior Solar Engineer at Bright Power, a NYC-based energy management company. Lucie has extensive experience making solar projects happen in the challenging NYC regulatory environment. Her background allows her to successfully lead a wide variety of projects, not limited to technical challenges. She graduated from INSA Lyon with a Masters Degree in Energy Engineering. When not at a solar installation, Lucie can be found in the kitchen cooking French food or at a museum.
Jim Henderson – Sustainability Consultant
A consultant at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, Jim oversees asset management of the CHLDC real estate portfolio and manages the Two Shades of Green project which promotes energy efficient, green and healthy building improvements. He has also served as a Sustainability Consultant at NYG Green Partners and The Community Preservation Corporation. Jim is the co-founder of Friends of Stryker Park, a nonprofit community organization committed to transforming the north side of West 97th Street into a vibrant, multi-use green space and public amenity. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political Science from Queens College and a Professional Certificate in Sustainable Design, Construction & Development from the Schack Institute of Real Estate at New York University. He is also certified as a Multifamily Building Analyst from the Building Performance Institute.
Evan Mason – Consultant
Evan Mason has experience in building science, business development and policy initiatives. She has provided project management, business development and technical services at Enterprise Community Partners, focusing on low cost/no cost measures to enhance building performance and reduce costs. Evan is also founder of Sustainable Homes and Yards, an organization that renovates rowhouses and apartments by incorporating building energy performance, historic preservation and interior and landscaping design expertise. Evan is on the Board of Scenic Hudson and the NY League of Conservation Voters. She holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College of Urban Affairs and Urban Planning. Evan has taught at Hunter College’s Department of Urban Planning and Affairs and was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Community Planning and Development at Hunter College.
Paul Reale – CUNY Building Performance Lab
Paul Reale is Director of Building Operations Research at the CUNY Building Performance Lab where he conducts applied research, leads field operations, and develops techniques for enhancing building operational efficiency. With his extensive experience in training, he is experimenting with coaching approaches in building operations. Paul also teaches energy code to architects and engineers for the Urban Green Council, mentors college student interns, and coaches CCNY graduate students in sustainability on their Capstone projects. He founded a residential energy efficiency startup in 2008, and he has also been a technical manager and systems engineer in the telecom field at Bell Labs. Paul holds two degrees in mechanical engineering: a master’s from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s from Pratt Institute. Paul is delighted to be serving on the Board at GreenHomeNYC.
Tom Sahagian – Retired
Tom became an energy geek in 1981 and retired in 2015. During that time he worked on just about every kind of energy-efficiency and renewable energy project there is. Most recently he worked at Enterprise Community Partners; previously he worked at NYC OLTPS, Rentricity, Power Concepts, Con Edison Solutions, EME Group, HPD and Banana Kelly. He is particularly proud to have served on former mayor Bloomberg’s Green Codes Task Force in 2009. Tom prefers to be in the field solving problems to sitting at a desk or in a meeting. He enjoys teaching and hopes to do more of that now that he’s retired.
Katie Schwamb – Steven Winter Associates
Katie is a multifaceted sustainability professional with experience in the design and construction sectors of the building industry, as well as non-profit program development and management. She possesses a passion for empowering people and projects that seek to improve the quality, health, and efficiency of the built environment.
Gahl Spanier – The Association for Energy Affordability
Gahl works with The Association for Energy Affordability’s new construction and existing building groups
to implement energy efficiency and sustainability in low-income housing. This role fits Gahl’s fascination
with quantifying and reducing the costs of sustainability in the built environment. Gahl has a broad
background in architecture, project management and business, and a deep understanding of sustainability in multifamily residential, academic, industrial and aviation buildings. Gahl holds a BArch from Pratt Institute and an MBA from INSEAD, he is a Registered Architect a LEED AP BD+C, CPHT and CPHD. Gahl is convinced that sustainability challenges can be overcome, but will require making them the focus of many, investing in cross-disciplinary collaboration and striving for honesty and integrity.